- Fall: April 15
- Spring: October 15–Extended to November 15
About Business and Innovation
Watch entrepreneurs work in collaborative spaces in Tel Aviv and feel the innovation in the air. As one of the world's most important start-up capitals, Tel Aviv rivals Silicon Valley and empowers individuals to take a step towards their future alongside those who are creating it.
Business and Innovation Benefits
- Give your resume a boost by participating in an internship learning from entrepreneurs and innovators in R & D or tech incubators
- Expand your knowledge of the startup process
- In the modern Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv, you'll interact with some of the entrepreneurs and innovators who are leading the world in insurance and finance technology
- Take courses at the Academic College Tel Aviv - Yaffo (MTA), a pioneering non-profit, public academic institution with an innovative approach to learning and a commitment to social responsibility
- Make south Tel Aviv your home, a short walk from the trendy Jaffa flea market, filled with food, art, and fashion.
The IFSA Difference
Academics at Business and Innovation
Essential Hebrew: This exclusive IFSA Opportunity is a required culture course taught intensively during the first weeks of the program. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom —and venturing out into the city to practice them—this class also provides insights into local customs and daily life. Right from the start, you'll gain essential skills to communicate effectively and navigate in a new culture.
Students have the choice of mixing and matching our courses to create a tailor-made semester to meet their individualized learning goals.
Not all courses may be offered in a given semester depending on enrollment. Click on each link below for a detailed course syllabus and suggested U.S. university equivalencies.
Entrepreneurship: Creating a Plan of Action: Entrepreneurship is widely understood as engaging in a process to seek out or create opportunities for starting a business; yet there is a gap between what entrepreneurs actually do to start a business and what some investors actually want prior to investing their money in entrepreneurs and their businesses. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to teach students how to do both: 1) think through and engage in the creation of a start-up and 2) develop and communicate a business plan to potential investors. To do the first, students will learn about and follow the "lean start-up" methodology; and to do the second, students will learn how to prepare a traditional business plan.
Foundations of Entrepreneurship: This course introduces the terminology of entrepreneurship, defining and analyzing entrepreneurial principles and their application in various environments, technological, economic, and developing and executing business and social entrepreneurship processes. The course will cover theoretical, empirical and practical aspects, including the analysis of examples of local Israeli and global entrepreneurship. Creating and managing diverse work teams and promoting entrepreneurship in culturally sensitive ways will be thematic topic of conversation.
The Entrepreneurial Process: Advanced Case Analysis: This course examines the process of planning and establishing new ventures based on analysis of case studies. Students will practice strategic analysis and simulation of decision-making in new business organizations from a holistic perspective to improve the entrepreneurial process likelihood of success with a view to the managerial environment typical of most industrial sectors. Content is based on the spiral progression approach informed by the analysis of case studies of both successful and unsuccessful ventures, both local and global. A foundational course in entrepreneurship is a prerequisite for this learning experience.
Evaluations of Creative Thinking and Problem-solving Strategies Seminar: This dynamic seminar combines knowledge, tools and techniques relate to teamwork and team management. It allows student facilitators to raise and analyze issues and dilemmas they encounter throughout activity in the facilitated groups and, together, find ways of coping with them. Students will face challenges in managing people and business activity. Participation in the Young Entrepreneurs Program is included in this course, equipping students with the tools they need to consult, support and leader groups and projects.
Innovative Marketing: An introduction to innovating marketing within the entrepreneurial context is provided in this course. Students will learn about the various challenges faced by a marketing manager when launching a new venture. They will gain facility with all stages of managing the marketing of a new venture and the marketing tools appropriate for each. They will additionally hone skills of analysis in evaluating the marketing indicators in the first stages of a new venture. An introductory course in marketing is a prerequisite for learning experience.
Project Team Management in Innovation Companies: Team Management, leadership and management concepts are examined in this course within the context of entrepreneurship and innovation. Course content covers approaches, methodologies, tools and techniques to prepare managers to lead successful projects in organizations. We will asses and implement methods for project planning, management, and control, integrating topics of classic project management with innovative topics, including agile and strategic projects management. Discussion are centered on the idea of creating a new product or service.
Issues in Cybersecurity for Startups: The information age, with the emergence and spread of advanced communication technologies, contributes to significant changes in culture, politic and society, and - most recently - has transformed the world of warfare. This course reviews the cyber from two perspectives: acts of cyber warfare by stat -sponsored hackers and acts of resistance by ideological hackers. Students will examine issues of industrial espionage and consider how cybercrime can impact startups, evaluating method for securing their new ideas, products and services.
Venture Capital and Growth: Venture Capital as a form of private equity, has become a popular funding option for startups and young companies, allowing investment in an early - or growth stage company in exchange for an equity stake in the firm and with the expectation that the startup will become viable and profitable in the future. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the tools for managing a venture capital firm including fundraising and sourcing, of private equity markets (VCs and LBOs), the major players in the markets and their activities, and the financial strategies these players employ.
Exploring Community and Culture in a Global Context: In addition to required and elective courses, IFSA students may participate in an exciting online course with a global cohort from IFSA locations around the world. Enrolling in this course brings your course load to, or above, 18 U.S. semester credit hours and requires approval from your study abroad advisor. Through a creative online format, this course facilitates active engagement with your host community, exploration of cultural identity and examination of diversity in the contest of political, economic and sociocultural structures. Students cover topics such as intercultural communication skills, intercultural learning theories, tools for intercultural analysis and the development of personal strategies for engaging with differences of any kind following the study abroad experience. This course is ideal for students who seek transferable skills and specific competencies for successful work in the global marketplace. The asynchronous course format allows you to take part in online discussions, post responses, review peer contributions, submit your assignments, read materials and watch instructor videos at the time of day (or night) that best suits your personal schedule.
In Tel Aviv, IFSA students have the opportunity to participate in a career-shaping part- time, credit -bearing internship at sites that may include startups and entrepreneurship incubators. Students undergo an individually tailored placement process and collectively take part in a methodology seminar that culminates in a final paper and presentation.Throughout the semester, students acquire real world work experience while developing intercultural skills and experiences which are critically important to personal, academic and professional success. internships placements may include local start-ups, technology incubators, R & D in scientific or technological companies, and finance and insurance companies.
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